Fulton pulls stumps on outstanding career 

Peter Fulton has officially announced his retirement from first class cricket. 

Fulton made his Canterbury first class debut in the last match of the 2000-01 summer and has been the cornerstone of Canterbury Cricket teams since then. 

The 38-year-old has just completed his 16th full season of first class cricket and has racked up a number of Canterbury records in that time.

• Most capped first class cricketer – 121
• Most first class runs – 8719
• Most first class catches – 128
• Most first class matches as captain – 66

Fulton said that there has been mounting speculation about his retirement but he wanted to wait until the end of the season before making his decision. “From making my debut, I never would have thought I would play this many times and achieve these records for Canterbury. At that stage, I was just stoked to play one. When I was growing up I had dreams of playing for Canterbury and New Zealand, but when I was younger I didn't think I was going to do it.  I am very proud to have played that many games and experienced so much success with different Canterbury teams throughout my career." Gary Stead, Fulton’s coach and Director of Cricket at Canterbury Cricket, stated that Fulton will be “remembered as one of Canterbury’s great players.”  Pete’s numbers speak for themselves. The thing we will miss most about Pete is his calming influence and mentorship in the dressing room and his clarity of thought when the pressure is on”. 

After beating Christchurch Boys High School in a closely fought final of the regional tournament held last month, the St Bede’s College Colts Cricket Team’s reward is an invitation to the NZCT Junior Secondary School Boys National Competition, to be held in Palmerston North during the week of 27 to 31 March.

St Bede’s College Colts XI will be joined by another team from the lower South Island region, as well as the winners of the four North Island regions.  This year the national tournament will again be hosted by New Zealand Cricket, being staged at Fitzherbert Park and Manawaroa Park in Palmerston North; with the playing format consisting of five 40-over matches on a round-robin basis.  The team that records the most wins over the course of the week will take home the coveted NZCT National Trophy.

We will have score updates on how the team is going next week on the CMCA Facebook Page.

2017 Tournament Squad for the NZCT Top Six Boys Nationals:

George Baker, Matt Boyle, Walter Brown, Elliott Caddick, Nepia Crowe (VC), Mason Cumming, Nate Johanson, Sam Kreft, Sam Lawry, James McSweeney (C), George Methven, Sam Sandford, Riley Stirling, Rueben Stoffers, Coach - Ben McCord

The following 12 players have been named for the CMCA Senior A Fixture against Mid Canterbury on Sunday 26 February at Halswell Domain

Matt House

Rory Hawes

Michael Newton vesty

James Carr

Charles Grey

James Rennie

Mitch Dimond

James Pearson 

Ben Cochrane 

Nick Turner

Sam Gillespie 

Nathan Columbus